April, 2024

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Safety Considerations for Live Measurements

Automation World

Maintenance of production equipment often requires taking live voltage and current measurements. That’s why it’s critical to be aware of the core safety practices designed to keep you safe.

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KUKA Robotics to showcase solutions for education and mixed reality at Automate 2024

Design World

Firmly committed to Industry 4.0 and the future of manufacturing, KUKA Robotics will highlight an innovative solution for educating the next generation of workers and its collaboration with three universities on cutting-edge Mixed Reality (MR) demonstrations at Automate 2024, May 6 – 9 at McCormick Place in Chicago. In booth 5679, visitors will see the… The post KUKA Robotics to showcase solutions for education and mixed reality at Automate 2024 appeared first on Design World.

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Best first quarter for CV production since 2008 despite March drop

SMMT

British CV production records best Q1 since 2008, rising by 27.4% to 32,626 units. Export volumes grow 57.9% in first three months, while manufacturing for the UK declines -13.1%. Growth in January and February followed by -19.2% March decline to 7,943 units. UK commercial vehicle (CV) output rose by 27.4% in the first quarter of 2024, the best Q1 performance since 2008, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 1 32,626 vans, trucks, taxis, b

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Accelerate PLC Ladder Logic Learning with New Arduino Starter Kit

Control.com

Tackling a growing need for education in industrial automation, Arduino has launched a starter kit for PLC learning based on the new Opta, the PLC IDE, and hardware to integrate I/O devices.

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5 Ways CMMS Software Transformed Broderick's Manufacturing Plant: A Case Study

Discover how CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) transformed and revitalized Broderick's manufacturing plant in 5 productive ways. Before the CMMS, the plant faced challenges such as reactive maintenance due to staff shortages, inefficient inventory management, and poor team communication. With the CMMS, the plant experienced increased equipment uptime, streamlined maintenance processes, enhanced inventory management, improved communication, and better decision-making through real-

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Boston Dynamics debuts electric version of Atlas humanoid robot

Robotics Business Review

Goodbye to the hydraulic version of Atlas and hello to the electric model designed for commercialization. That’s the message from Boston Dynamics Inc., which yesterday retired the older version of its humanoid robot after 15 years of development and today showed a preview of its successor. “The next generation of the Atlas program builds on decades of research and furthers our commitment to delivering the most capable, useful mobile robots solving the toughest challenges in the indus

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NSW Fee-Free TAFE initiative removing financial barriers

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Mediteraneo/stock.adobe.com The Fee-Free TAFE initiative by the Australian Federal Government and the NSW State Government is reported to be exceeding targets and removing financial barriers. By removing barriers, it is reported that more people in NSW are able to learn new skills in areas where the economy most needs employment. Minister for skills and training, Brendan O’Connor said, “Fee-Free TAFE has transformed the lives of students from diverse backgrounds right across NSW, at the s

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5G reliability enters the automated warehouse

Design World

The flexibility of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), which use a wireless navigation system to guide them around a facility, is the reason these self-sufficient machines are so popular in warehouse environments. However, 50 AMRs on the floor will overload the traditional WiFi network. That leads to network latency and interrupts communication between AMRs and the… The post 5G reliability enters the automated warehouse appeared first on Design World.

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EVs drive down carbon emissions and lift vehicle ownership to record high

SMMT

Number of vehicles on UK roads reaches record 41.4 million in 2023, with car ownership up 1.6% to 35,694,845 units. The average car in use saw CO2 emissions decline by -2.1%, notably thanks to incentivised investment by business fleets into EVs. One in 40 of all vehicles on roads now zero emission, including 960,896 cars, 61,161 vans, 2,383 HGVs and 1,922 buses.

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What to Expect From Global Plastics Treaty Talks This Month

Plastics Today

A mock proposal developed under the auspices of the Swiss government provides a preview of the restrictive policies that may prevail on a global scale.

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Agility Robotics partners with leading WMS provider, cuts staff

Robotics Business Review

Agility Arc is a cloud-based platform for managing fleets of humanoids. Source: Agility Robotics Agility Robotics made a couple of strategic moves this week as it continues to commercialize its Digit humanoid. Let’s start with the good news. Agility is partnering with Manhattan Associates, a global leader in supply chain and omnichannel commerce.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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The challenges threatening successful deployment of 5G non-terrestrial networks

E&T

Non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) are able to significantly extend coverage by moving from a terrestrial infrastructure to hybrid space. However, Keysight Technologies highlights the challenges that can threaten the successful deployment of these networks.

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Reality Capture in Manufacturing Workflows

Automation World

A look at 10 ways reality capture technology is used in manufacturing today to connect design and production, aid in reverse engineering, deliver hyper-accurate measurements and enable spatial analyses.

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Spanish manufacturing plant runs on 100% green power

Design World

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies’ newest production facility in Parets del Vallès, Spain (near Barcelona) is a fully carbon-neutral plant. The facility manufactures automotive components and replaces an existing plant at the same location. The company said it is boosting its production capacity by 15%. In all, more than 11 million euros have been invested in the… The post Spanish manufacturing plant runs on 100% green power appeared first on Design World.

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Bumper March for new vans as fleet demand surpasses 50,000 units

SMMT

Britain’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grows 11.1% to 52,916 units in best March performance for three years. Growth in uptake of all LCVs besides medium-sized vans, with the largest models up 16.1% as demand for smaller vans bounces back with a 44.8% rise. Electric van uptake reaches highest volume on record for a new plate month – but a national plan for van-suitable public chargepoints remains crucial to tackling fleet charging anxiety.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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GreenPower reveals new EV truck at NAFA

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower unveiled its new zero-emission EV Star Utility Truck at the NAFA 2024 Institute & Expo today in San Antonio, Texas. Upfitted by GP Truck Body on the GreenPower proprietary EV Star Cab & Chassis LOS ANGELES — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles, launched a new utility vehicle designed for commercial fleets who need to move goods, materials, supplies and equipment reliably, safely and

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Sanctuary AI’s latest Phoenix humanoid can learn tasks in 24 hours

Robotics Business Review

Sanctuary’s seventh-generation Phoenix includes both hardware and software improvements. | Source: Sanctuary AI Sanctuary AI today unveiled the seventh generation of its Phoenix humanoid robot. The Vancouver-based company said its upgraded robot is bringing it closer to the creation of the world’s first “human-like intelligence in general-purpose robots.” This announcement comes less than 12 months after the company launched its sixth-generation robot, and less than 16 mo

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World’s largest digital camera ready to uncover the universe’s secrets

E&T

After 20 years, researchers have finally completed work on the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) Camera – one of the most advanced tools yet to search for life outside of the Solar System.

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NPE's Origin Story: Promoting and Defending Plastics

Plastics Today

In 1946, the Society of the Plastics Industry (now the Plastics Industry Association) put on the first National Plastics Exposition in New York. “Nothing can stop plastics,” declared then SPI President Ronald Kinnear as he opened the show by cutting through a Vinylite film sealing the entrance.

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Modernizing MES: A Guide for Complex Manufacturers Adapting to Industry 4.0

As engineers push the boundaries of innovation with groundbreaking hardware products, their success depends largely on the speed and efficiency of production. The challenge? Manual processes and disparate systems lead to multiple versions of documents, incomplete records, and duplicated work, creating a chaotic system of records that is difficult to manage.

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What sensors and measurements can prevent HAVS?

Design World

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) injuries can occur in industrial and other work situations. Also called Raynaud’s phenomenon, vibration-induced white finger and traumatic vasopastic disease, HAVS has been well known and documented since 1918. It is a prevalent occupational hazard in the construction, forestry, manufacturing, and mining industries, where workers are at high risk of developing […] The post What sensors and measurements can prevent HAVS?

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Object Detection With a Lower Investment: Balluff’s New BGL Fork Sensor

Control.com

The new BGL fork sensor series by Balluff eases the entry into automated object detection. The cost-effective sensors are easy to install and configure for assembly line and work cell automation.

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Victoria University receives $1.5m to boost student industry skills

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Victoria University The Victorian state government has announced a $1.5 million investment for Victoria University’s (VU) Sunshine campus as part of the TAFE Technology Fund. The money will be used to provide cutting-edge machines to support the establishment of the Western Melbourne Precinct for Advanced Manufacturing Training. In the announcement delivered by minister for skills and training, the Hon Brendon O’Connor, he stated technology is vital to support skills training for advanced

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Cybernetix Ventures partners with the Pittsburgh Robotics Network

Robotics Business Review

Jennifer Apicella (left) of the PRN and Fady Saad (right) of Cybernetix Ventures have announced a strategic partnership. | Source: Pittsburgh Robotics Network Cybernetix Ventures yesterday announced a strategic partnership with the Pittsburgh Robotics Network. The early-stage venture capital firm said it is part of its long-term robotics cluster engagement efforts.

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Mastering Digital Transformation: Your Guide to a Successful MES Implementation

70% of digital transformation projects fail (BCG, 2020). In an industry where most large software implementations falter, we recognize the importance of planning, optimization, and execution. With over 25 years of industry experience and countless successful implementations, MASS Group is opening the vault of tips and tricks to provide a complimentary step-by-step guide in implementing a Work-In-Progress (WIP) tracking software.

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Scientists to test undersea cable earthquake detection technique in Pacific Ocean

E&T

Scientists from the UK’s National Physical Laboratory and New Zealand’s Measurement Standards Laboratory are set to carry out earthquake sensing tests in the Pacific Ocean using existing undersea optical fibre cables.

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NIST Develops New Testing System for Carbon Capture in Fight Against Global Warming

NIST Manufacturing

The agency plans to release an early-stage reference material that companies can use to test equipment for direct air capture.

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Automotive electric-actuator market trends

Design World

Automotive electric actuators adjust engine settings; manage safety features; and impart precise control fuel efficiency. Many such actuators are compact and light, fitting well in modern cars and requiring less maintenance. Some can be programmed to execute different tasks. The market for these automotive actuators is likely to grow at a moderate pace and reach… The post Automotive electric-actuator market trends appeared first on Design World.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Automation: Making Sense of Prox Sensors

Control.com

Detecting objects is the first field-level task that must be considered before any feedback-based control can happen. Choosing from among the nearly unlimited proximity sensors can be challenging!

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Future Focus: Constructing Unshakeable Stability in Your Manufacturing Supply Chain

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

We’ve all heard the buzzwords to describe new supply chain trends: resiliency, sustainability, AI, machine learning. But what do these really mean today? Over the past few years, manufacturing has had to adapt to and overcome a wide variety of supply chain trends and disruptions to stay as stable as possible. Stability has become key in this post-COVID world, and will remain key moving forward.

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Combilift telemetry solution to improve forklift maintenance and sustainability

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Combilift Why is it important to know the temperature of a forklift’s electric motor? This kind of valuable information can prevent failures, reduce maintenance costs, and improve the longevity of a machine. It’s also just one way in which Combilift’s new telemetry solution – Combi Connect – brings value to a business. To illustrate how Combi Connect can benefit users, Combilift’s Mechanical Software Development Technician, Antonio Patacho, provides an example of temperature monitoring on

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NEURA and Omron Robotics partner to offer cognitive factory automation

Robotics Business Review

NEURA has developed cognitive robots in a variety of form factors. Source: NEURA Robotics Talk about combining robotics and artificial intelligence is all the rage, but some convergence is already maturing. NEURA Robotics GmbH and Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies Inc. today announced a strategic partnership to introduce “cognitive robotics” into manufacturing. “By pooling our sensor and AI technologies and expertise into an ultimate platform approach, we will significantl

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One of Europe’s largest data centres could be built on Britishvolt’s former gigafactory site

E&T

The north England site that was going to house a gigafactory from start-up Britishvolt has been purchased by a US private equity firm, which plans to build one of the largest data centres in Europe.

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Marine Drone Manufacturer Navigates Business Complexities with MRP Software

MRPEasy

Norwegian sea-drone systems developer and manufacturer Maritime Robotics got its procurement and inventory under control with the help of MRP software. “The software gives us a clear overview of our operation,” says Tor Erik Naebb, Head of Assembly and Integration. “We can find the necessary piece of information in seconds now.” A hi-tech company with […] The post Marine Drone Manufacturer Navigates Business Complexities with MRP Software appeared first on Blog for Manufacturers and Distri

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A Low-Risk, Incremental Approach to Smart Manufacturing for Small & Medium Manufacturers

This guidebook discusses how small/medium manufacturers have implemented Smart Manufacturing initiatives and realized benefits such as increased productivity as well as higher levels of coordination and speed within the enterprise and supply chain.